Sarah Colt

Producer/Director/Writer

Sarah Colt is a New York-based documentary filmmaker whose work brings to life the figures and forces that have shaped America. Since founding Sarah Colt Productions a decade ago, she has directed and produced for PBS’ award-winning history series, American Experience—including the Emmy-nominated Walt Disney, Henry Ford, The Polio Crusade, and part four of We Shall Remain, a mini-series on Native history. Her most recent film, The Gilded Age, told the story of one of the most transformative eras in American history—and its unsettling parallels with the present day. In 2015 she was praised by the Hollywood Reporter for herimpressive” work “chronicling the 20th century’s most brilliant, most creative, most egotistical…industrialists.”

A graduate of Harvard University, Sarah began her career as a still photographer. As a Radcliffe Traveling Fellow, she spent a year living and photographing in Zimbabwe. She later joined David Grubin Productions, where she began producing documentary films, including RFK and the Emmy Award-winning series, The Secret Life of the Brain—both for PBS. After being awarded an International Reporting Project Fellowship in 2004, she wrote, produced, and directed Namibia: This Land is Ours, which premiered as part of Frontline World’s Rough Cut series, and examined the racial imbalance of land ownership in Southern Africa.

In 2017, spurred by an interest in understanding the forces that led to Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, Sarah began production on her first independent feature documentary—tentatively titled American Dreams. Currently in production, this vérité project follows a displaced factory worker in Ohio, a 5th generation Kansas farmer in danger of losing the family land, and a laid-off mortgage processor turned Uber driver in Florida, providing an immersive view of middle class families on the edge.

Sarah has earned several awards for her work including an Emmy and a Peabody nomination.

Helen Ryan Dobrowski

Producer

Helen Ryan Dobrowski has worked with Sarah Colt for over nine years, most recently producing The Gilded Age. Her previous projects with Sarah Colt Productions include Walt Disney, Henry Ford, episodes three and four of God in America, and The Polio Crusade. She has been involved in the research, fundraising, and production of the Co-op City project since its inception, and also works as a freelancer specializing in archival and content research, licensing, and production for Boston and New York City-area producers. Dobrowski came to Sarah Colt Productions from Boston College, her alma mater, where she worked in University Advancement Marketing and Communications. In 2005, she was awarded the Costa-Gavras Social Justice Award for her work on I’m In Here, a series on disabilities by professor and Film Studies chair John Michalcyzk.

Josh Gleason

Producer/Director

Josh Gleason is the co-director of the forthcoming Sarah Colt Productions feature documentary, American Dreams (wt). Previously, he directed multiple episodes of Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots, and worked as a producer on various other documentary programs—including Showtime’s The Circus and PBS’ American Experience. He has also reported and produced stories for This American Life, All Things Considered and other nationally broadcast NPR shows. His 2011 longform radio documentary, Losing My Religion, which followed a Hasidic man who had recently left the fold, aired on WNYC.

Michael Haviland

Producer

Mike Haviland is a New York City-based producer and writer of nonfiction television and digital content. Prior to joining the Sarah Colt Productions team, Mike wrote and produced programming for CNNTravel ChannelInvestigation Discovery and National Geographic. He has also produced digital content for leading brands and organizations including the American Lung Association, Comcast and Lambda Legal.

Emily Schuman

Associate Producer

Emily Schuman is an associate producer with Sarah Colt Productions where she is currently working on the feature-length documentary American Dreams (wt). Previously, Emily was an associate producer for Zero Point Zero where she worked alongside Director David Petersen on a feature-length documentary, The Witmans, about social justice. Prior to that, Emily was an associate producer on season six of The Mind of a Chef for PBS. Emily is also a member of IATSE Local 600 camera assistants.

Stephanie Leke

Associate Producer

Stephanie Leke is a writer and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has studied writing through UCLA’s Writers Extension Program, the Gotham Writers Workshop, and in the advanced study sketch program at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Earlier this year, she co-wrote the mockumentary short film Nationals, which was produced and premiered as part of the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge in NYC and slated for digital release this summer. Her writing has been published on Upworthy, Broadly, and Femsplain. Her scripted work can be seen monthly at The Pit Loft with her Boogiemanja sketch comedy team, New Kid.

Isaree Thatchaichawalit

Production Assistant

Isaree Thatchaichawalit is a recent honors graduate of the University of St Andrews, with a degree in psychology. Throughout high school and college, she was heavily involved in student journalism, taking on several editorial positions. Her first original short film, “Water Ways”, won second prize at Culture Y 2018, a student art show celebrating multiculturalism. Isaree started at Sarah Colt Productions as an intern in 2016, before returning as a fact checker for The Gilded Age.

Nathan Manley

Assistant Editor

Nathan has held many production positions over the years—both in the field as a Location Sound Recordist, and more recently in post-production as an Assistant Editor, Post Production Supervisor and Technical Director. He has done sound work for HBO, Miramax, Disney, Showtime, Sony Pictures, CBS, ESPN, Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, Sears, Sephora and many other companies. His assistant editor credits include The First 48After the First 48The Killer Speaks, Nick Mom Night Out, Half the Sky, Marina Abromovic: The Artist is Present, and Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace. His technical director credits include A Path Appears, Soundbreaking, Soundtracks, We The Voters, Humanity on the Move: Sky and Ground, Los Commandos and Towards the North, the World Bank’s ”WeVolve” campaign, the “Religions for Earth” campaign, among others.

 

Jeanine Hall

Jeanine Hall has over 10 years of experience in financial operations management. She received her Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University after completing her BFA with a focus in Sculpture. Her experience includes managing annual budgets of up to $10M for non-profit arts organizations, small businesses, and start-ups in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.